From the Editor
By Patrick Panzera, EAA 555743
Pat with grandson Andrew
Along with the rest of the team that puts this e-newsletter together, I’m really proud of the amount of positive comments we’re receiving. This tells us we are heading in the right direction. The amount and the quality of article suggestions we’re receiving are staggering as well, but it will be a tough bill to fill without some serious help from our readers. I’m finding a trend among the Internet savvy; those who in the past would have submitted an article to their favorite aviation publication or type club newsletter are forgoing that step in favor of publishing a web page or posting to their favorite e-mail group.
In either event, print publications and e-newsletters such as Experimenter suffer the consequences by having to search out or otherwise create articles of interest to publish rather than receiving those gems some of you are keeping to yourselves. This lack of submissions may be one reasons for less homebuilding content appearing in these publications.
With that, I ask that you not consider EAA headquarters and/or its publications as the end-all-be-all source of experimental aviation information, but rather a repository for sharing your ideas and submissions. In other words, don’t just sit back and wait for us to find and create what it is you want to read, but rather please let us know what you are doing. By sharing your stories, we will all get to read what our fellow members are doing. That’s where experimental aviation really happens—in our garages, our hangars, our basements—not at the editor’s desk.
So next time you feel the need to update your website or send that killer progress report to your favorite e-mail group (be it positive or negative), please consider sending it to me, too, for inclusion in Experimenter.